This introductory course to nursing is designed to expose the student to the health care environment and to develop basic care skills. It is recommended for those students who have little or no health care experience or who want a refresher in basic skills before applying to the nursing program. Important concepts and essential basic skills in clinical patient care for the beginning nursing student will be discussed and practiced. Other topics will include study skills, test-taking strategies, information technology, medical terminology, and communication skills. $50 lab fee. Students with equivalent nursing experience may be able to test out of this course if desired. A $50 testing fee will be charged. This nursing course is offered to nursing students at the campus site they regularly attend. The lecture portion of the course may be offered by in-classroom instruction or by interactive video classroom technology. *
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
BIOL 110, BIOL 110L, MATH 106 with a grade of C or higher.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered Fall (1st 8 weeks), Spring (1st 8 weeks) and Summer.
Most current editions of the following:
Fundamentals of nursing (8th ed.).
By Potter, P. A., Perry, A. G., Stockert, P. A., & Hall, A. M. (Mosby Elsevier) Required
Fumentals of Nursing (8th ed.) Virtual Clinical Excursions 3.0
By Potter & Perry (Mosby) Required
Fundamentals of nursing (8th ed.) Study Guide
By Potter & Perry (Mosby) Recommended
Mosby's Nursing Video Skills (2014) Basic, intermediate & advancded skills
By Mosby (Mosby) Recommended
Test Success: Test taking techniques for beginning nursing students (6th ed.)
By Nugent, P. M. & Vitale, B. A. (F. A. Davis) Recommended
Exploring Medical Language: A Student-Directed Approach
By Brooks, M. L.; & Brooks, D. L. (Mosby) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Recognize data pertinent to the person’s health situation.
Describe cultural sensitivity related to patient care interactions.
Identify the nursing process in planning for basic nursing care.
Explain the importance of a patient centered safety culture.
Recognize the importance of teaching and learning to improve health.
Discuss professional behaviors valued by nursing as reflected in clinical practice.
Illustrate evidence-based nursing knowledge to guide beginning practice.
Apply the nursing process in a responsible, accountable, legal and ethical manner.
Relate the importance of nursing communication/collaboration within the multidisciplinary health care team.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Vital sign values for an infant, child and an adult.
Components of cultural assessment.
Steps of the nursing process.
Basic safety principles related to transmission based precautions, medical asepsis, body mechanics, ambulation and transfers in the delivery of patient care.
Patient education in nursing care.
The scope and standards of nursing practice.
Basic nursing skills based on evidence-based knowledge.
The legal responsibilities and obligations of nurses regarding the following federal statutes: ADA, EMTALA, HIPAA and PSDA.
Beginning communication skills with healthcare workers and patients.
Study skills and test taking techniques
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 40
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.